12 Days of Tech · Productivity

Your Browser Tabs Intervention

Hi, come on in, have a seat. Thanks for coming. Your friends and I have been wanting to talk to you for quite a while. It's about your browser tabs. Yes, I know. You need all of those open tabs  because you're working on so many things at once. That's what good multi-taskers do. But, just like chocolate, snow,… Continue reading Your Browser Tabs Intervention

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12 Days of Tech

Snow Notifications

Hi everyone! This one of just for my Holliston friends, but I promise I'll get back to general purpose tech tips for the next 12 Days post! It's time for our annual snow notifications announcement! ​ If there is a snow delay, cancellation, or other weather-related changes to the schedule, we have flurry of ways… Continue reading Snow Notifications

12 Days of Tech · Productivity

Remember Stuff with Google Keep

Google Keep is an interesting but handy little Google feature that lets you make reminders and virtual sticky notes. I'm sure you are totally super-organized and never forget stuff, but I definitely need a little help.  Plus, I'm sure that even if you don't need a note-taking app, you might know a student or two who could benefit.… Continue reading Remember Stuff with Google Keep

12 Days of Tech · Lesson Ideas

Newsela: Current Events at Different Reading Levels

An important part of being a good citizen is keeping up-to-date on current events. As adults, we use a variety of news sources to stay aware of what is going on in politics, education, business, and whatever other topics we are interested in. A great way to encourage this responsible behavior is to discuss current events in class, and give students practice reading the news. However,… Continue reading Newsela: Current Events at Different Reading Levels

12 Days of Tech · Productivity · Writing

Students Can Proofread Their Writing with Text-to-Speech

It's the most wonderful time of the year... time again for Tom's 12 Days of Techmas! Throughout December, I'll be sharing fun tech tips and hints to make your season bright! ​ ​ ​My first tip is a writing tip that is equally useful for you and your students. 12 Days of Techmas, Day 1: Text-to-Speech Proofreading One of the best ways… Continue reading Students Can Proofread Their Writing with Text-to-Speech

Google Classroom

Prepping Your Google Classroom for a New School Year

Archiving the Old, Prepping the New With the new school year, it's time to set up new Google Classroom classes. Best practice is archive (i.e. save but hide) your old classes and create new ones for this year's students. Go on over to classroom.google.com. Click the three dots on each old class and select Archive.… Continue reading Prepping Your Google Classroom for a New School Year

Lesson Ideas · Uncategorized

Finish the year on a high note with HyperDocs!

I talk to a lot of teachers who experiment with new teaching tools and methods in June, to evaluate them for the next school year. If you looking for something fresh to finish out the year, something to keep your students engaged and learning right through the end, then learn more about HyperDocs! HyperDocs, conceptualized by… Continue reading Finish the year on a high note with HyperDocs!